In the the cellar of Florian and Mathilde Beck-Hartweg, 19 HL of Tout Naturellement. Cover photo by Benoit Cortet. 

March – Spring in Alsace

Still stuck in the Sierra Foothills in northern California, but heading to Alsace mid month, with the “family” arriving at different times. Gathering of the clan under the current difficult situation.

Cannot wait to get through the Covid quarantine rules and have a wander around Strasbourg and start some winemaker visits. We have a serious list set up.

It will be very much be Back in Alsace, with an attitude Lost in Alsace through March and April. A key configuration we want to keep is “inside looking in, inside looking out and outside looking in.”  The best way to keep the finger on the Alsace natural wine pulse.

 

Winter Is Here

 

And this is our beautiful clear space for the 2021 BLOG……….

Already February and the promise of making January productive on Back In Alsace just vanished.

But coming up we plan to discuss, rant and rave, and explain on a multiple of subjects:

  • The 2021 natural wine salons planned in Alsace
  • Another new wave of natural wine winemakers in Alsace
  • An update and opinions on the Syndicat de Defense de Vins Nature
  • Whats going on with the Association des Vins Libres d’Alsace
  • Whats going on with exports around Brexit and USA tarifs
  • Our own journey back to being Alsace residents

 

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– the project –

The Lost In Alsace Project is focused on two main areas; providing a platform for “les vignerons artisans d’Alsace” and secondly, a follow up and reporting of the major events, twists and turns and initiatives that shape what matters with Alsace wine today. As with any “old world” wine region, there are plenty of issues, degrees of bull-shit, and bad attitudes stuck in the industrial agricultural recent past. We will be giving all that sort of stuff a body swerve as we firmly focus on all that vibrant, forward looking, energy that is currently buzzing in the region.

We are big supporters of producers who practice organic or biodynamic husbandry in the vineyards. Vignerons who are looking after the earth. In fact, that is the foundation of our interest. And we love winemakers that carry this attitude through to techniques in the cellar; with natural fermentations, the use of traditional and non-traumatising physical methods, and a healthy disrespect for the use of additives. These are the foundations that allow winemakers the opportunity to express a sense of terroir, a sense of wine that comes from a place, from a time with the input of human skills and attitudes. With a lot of attitude. That takes us into a space where we are mainly focused on, what can loosely be termed, natural wine.

And there is more to it than that, as the Lost in Alsace Project is interested in the community around natural wine; the winemakers, the producer associations, the retail outlets, the wine bars and restaurants, the importers, the distributors, the journalists, the authors, the publishers, the barrel makers, the artists doing labels and posters, the wine fairs and salons, the team at RAISIN, and most importantly all the workers  involved in making this all whirr and rattle along. And, of course the humble masses who buy and drink the stuff.

 

Three shades of red from Lucas Rieffel – captured by Mona Neilson – website here

carte d'alsace et bouchons de vin

WINE REGION

What’s going on in the Alsace wine region at the moment ? Quite a lot. We start by looking at  projects around wine classification and an upsurge in activity from producer groups.

cheval dans les vignes

PRODUCERS

We will be profiling a series of reference domains that are making a difference and setting the new standards for Alsace wine. In the shot André Ostertag and Antoine Kreydenweiss in New York.

personne testant du vin

STORIES

Includes: 2018 growing season and harvest update, Pinot Noir as a Grand Cru variety, the ACT association. And, a little gem of an interview  with Patrick Meyer at the Vins Libres salon.

bouteilles rangées dans une caisse

NUMBERS

 The wine region in numbers – varieties, exports, surfaces planted, trends. Some comments on 2019 and all the details from 2017.